Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3, Episode 10

The Defector (1 Jan. 1990)

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When a Romulan officer defects to the Federation with a warning of a impending invasion, Capt. Picard struggles to decide if he is to be believed.

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Data was discovering the human condition by Shakespearian acting, when Picard gets informed a craft entered the Neutral Zone. It's identified as a Romulan scout, which claims to need urgently asylum from a persecutor. The wounded Setol gets it, and warns the Romulans nearly finished building a base on a planet in the Neutral Zone, in order to occupy it and from there strike 15 neighboring Federation zones with a fleet of war birds, which would mean another full war, but still remains rather defensive, at times hostile. Commander Riker and counselor Troi are charged with questioning him further, in case it's a ploy to lure them into the zone as a war pretext. The admiralty refuses the Empire's demand to return the defector, and orders Picard to find out if the threat is real. After technological means came to contradictory conclusions, Setol discloses his real identity, and that's not the last surprising twist... Written by KGF Vissers

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Episode begins with Data rehearsing a scene from William Shakespeare's Henry V, while being watched by Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart. In the play scene the part of Williams (being acted by a holodeck construct) is also played by Patrick Stewart under heavy makeup. It is notable that only Bates, the one other character in the scene, is credited at the end of the episode. See more »

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In Star Trek: The Next Generation: The Enemy, the Enterprise had a visual conversation with a Romulan ship that was over "6 hours away" from the Enterprise. But in the beginning of this episode Lt. Worf states that the scout ship is too far out of range for a visual conversation, even though within a few moments the ship is within visual range and even able to put their shields around it. See more »

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: On what basis, Admiral, am I to decide? Hmm? Your good word? Are you willing to help us overpower the Romulan B-type warbirds we may encounter? Are you prepared to help us detect them through their cloaking shields?
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Captain Jean-Luc Picard: Well, you see my problem, Admiral. You ask us for faith, in circumstances which are hardly possible to believe, compounded by lies and your refusal to tell us what you know.
Admiral Jarok: I cannot betray my people!
Captain Jean-Luc Picard: You already betrayed your people, Admiral! You've made ...
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Flawless script, Brilliant acting.
19 August 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite ST-TNG episodes. I found the script flawless and the premise gripping. It kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. The climax and ending are brilliant. In my opinion, the writers did their best work here. It's a match of wits in this story, highlighting the core traits of the main characters and of the intergalactic races. Guest star Sloyan is excellent. Stewart does some of his best work as Picard. {Though this episode is of a serious nature, Data has some humorous and endearing moments.} Burton, as LaForge, has thoughtful commentary on analytical thinking. The visuals and special-effects are superb, as only ST can do. I've seen this episode several times in reruns and I don't tire of it. If you are a Star-Trek fan, but haven't yet seen this one, you should. It's one of the most celebrated episodes of the series.


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